The 5 best art book stores in New York
1) Metropolitan Museum of Art Bookstore
After you’ve perused all the wondrous art at the museum, there’s a craving to bring a piece of that experience home. Prints, posters, jewelry, note cards, all await you, amongst the incomparable collection of art books on the scene. It’s the spot where you can purchase one of their own published works, to remind you of the exhibit you saw – or a past exhibit – for years to come.
2) Mast Books
Independently-owned and one of New York’s no-nonsense art book stores, Mast Books has a wonderful selection of out-of-print and secondhand books, periodicals, and rare editions. You’ll find a great selection on fine art, photography, design, fashion and cinema, along with some literary fiction and poetry. They buy and sell, carry artists’ catalogues, and new editions too.
You could get lost in this sanctum of art books, intriguing to collectors and beginning art lovers alike. Ursus is an institution with an unmatched collection of art books from ve centuries, including the most rare illustrated books, catalogues and prints. Check the website to see the breadth and depth of their inventory.
4) 192 Books
Operated by the Paula Cooper Gallery, known for its minimalist and conceptual art support, this store carries a well-curated selection of books on art and photography as well as literary fiction, history, and biography. They host readings, events and signing sessions, plus a weekly story hour for children on Wednesdays at 11 am.
5) Printed Matter
Founded by Sol LeWitt and several other artists, this nonprofit bookstore specializes in serious and political artists’ books, zines, posters, and prints, including an extensive selection of out-of- print material. Their goal is to preserve and provide insight into publications made and distributed by artists. Ongoing events include zine releases, exhibitions, and book announcements.
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